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BBC sports host Vine dies, aged 73.

VETERAN sports broadcaster David Vine has died of a heart attack, aged 73.

Vine fronted a huge list of shows, including It's A Knock Out, Miss World, the Eurovision Song Contest, Wimbledon, Match Of The Day, Grandstand and the Olympics.

He also hosted A Question Of Sport and Ski Sunday.

Vine, who celebrated his birthday earlier this month, died last night at his home near Henley-on-Thames.

He had triple heart by-pass surgery several years ago.

Vine, who was from Devon, worked on various newspapers as well as for ITV and the BBC.

Affectionately known for his spectacles and jumpers in the 1970s, Vine also worked on The Superstars.

With his knack for improvisation, Vine spent a quarter of a century working on the major snooker tournaments Eighteen million people watched as "Viney" waited until the early hours of the morning to interview Dennis Taylor after his epic win against Steve Davis in 1985 Roger Mosey, director of BBC Sport, said: David Vine was a wonderfully versatile presenter for BBC Sport - and it's a tribute to his abilities that he was associated with so many events."

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2009
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